“In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes”

 THE 15 MINUTE INTERVIEW By Kightlinger, Jack E., White House photo , via Wikimedia Commons“15 minutes of fame is short-lived media publicity or celebrity of an individual or phenomenon. The expression was coined by Andy Warhol, who said in 1968 that "In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes." The phenomenon is often used in reference to figures in the entertainment industry or other areas of popular culture, such as reality television and YouTube. It is believed that ...

Question: “DO I NEED TO HAVE A THEME?”

Answer: Aaargh!  NO! This is one of the most common questions that visual arts students ask and is also one that many DP art teachers get wrong. The simple answer is NO – there is absolutely no need for students to have a theme and when they do have a theme students sometimes fail because their approach to their theme is too restricted and blinkered. In effect the theme prevents them from doing very well. The more complicated answer is still no, but ...

So…how was it for you darling? (part 2)

The results of the visual arts digital upload questionnaire are now out – over a thousand of us responded, and a massive 57% (503 teachers) have volunteered to participate in further consultations. More than a quarter of the teachers who responded found the upload process ‘extremely difficult’. At the opposite end, less than 1% actually found it ‘extremely easy’. I’m in that ‘less than 1%’ group, having found the whole thing smooth and easy – each candidate’s work took 15 mines to upload, ...

Online ART workshops – endings and beginnings…

I’ve just finished mentoring a category 1 online workshop for a hugely diverse group of art teachers spread out across the world – with participants logging on from such places as Abu Dhabi, South Korea, India, California, Hanoi, Shanghai, Sydney and Dar es Salaam. The end of an intense 6 week workshop is always bittersweet – some sense of relief that I do not have to log on every day to check on posts, reply to questions and/or give feedback on ...